SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - February 15, 2011) -  Virtual Instruments, a leader in storage area network (SAN) and virtual infrastructure optimization, today announced that its SANInsight TAP Patch Panel System was named the 'Product of the Year' in the Storage Networking Equipment category by TechTarget's Storage Media Group.

Selected by the Storage Magazine and editorial staff, in conjunction with a team of users; industry experts, analysts and consultants, the SANInsight TAP Patch Panel System was chosen from close to 200 entrants that submitted for consideration in five storage-related categories. Evaluated on innovation, performance, ease of integration into existing environments, ease-of-use, manageability, functionality, and value, the judges awarded the SANInsight TAP Patch Panel System the highest honor, gold, in the category of Storage Networking Equipment.

"Its unique integration of fiber-optic network TAPs into a patch panel enclosure allows Fibre Channel SAN administrators to accelerate SAN problem identification and resolution, optimize virtual or physical infrastructure, application availability, performance, and increase resource utilization," said One of the judges added, "The VI TAP Patch Panel system will rapidly become a must have for the very high-end enterprise."

Virtual Instruments' SANInsight TAP Patch Panel System integrates fibre optic network traffic access points (TAPs) with best-of-breed fiber patch components to make Fibre Channel SAN cabling infrastructure both maintainable and monitorable. TAPs transparently provide a passive, out-of-band, full-line rate copy of all Fibre Channel SAN traffic to advanced monitoring and diagnostic equipment, including industry-standard protocol analyzers and Virtual Instruments' SANInsight ProbeFCX real-time monitoring devices. Installing TAPs when the physical layer is initially deployed provides immediate monitoring access for critical troubleshooting and enables proactive performance, capacity, and cost optimization; uniting both the physical layer and SAN best practices.

"Today's dynamic data centers and the cloud computing environments currently being architected require real-time I/O visibility into both the physical and virtual infrastructure," said John W. Thompson, CEO of Virtual Instruments. "The Virtual Instruments' SANInsight TAP Patch Panel System is the critical enabler to unlocking the key performance and utilization data across the entire SAN. This recognition by TechTarget's Storage Media Group validates our commitment to innovation and our unique ability to help Global 2000 enterprises solve today's most demanding SAN related challenges, such as extending the use of virtualization to business-critical, I/O-intensive applications." 

IT managers can learn more about these innovative new TAPs by attending a new webinar this Thursday. Virtual Instruments, in conjunction with the Taneja Group, will be hosting a webinar titled "The New Best Practice of SAN Taps: Reducing Troubleshooting from Days to Minutes" on Thursday, February 17th at 9 a.m. PT, 5 p.m. GMT. Webinar registration is at:

About TechTarget's Storage Media Product of the Year Award
The Products of the Year competition recognizes the best new or updated storage products in five categories: backup and disaster recovery (DR) software and services, backup hardware, disks and disk subsystems, storage management tools and storage networking equipment. Each Products of the Year finalist, chosen from among close to 200 entrants, was rated by our panel of judges based on the criteria of innovation, performance, ease of integration into environment, ease of use and manageability, functionality and value.

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About Virtual Instruments
Virtual Instruments offers the award-winning VirtualWisdom and SANInsight virtual infrastructure optimization solutions that provide deep monitoring and analysis of how the virtualized IT infrastructure and the SAN affect business-critical application performance. Global 2000 customers across a broad range of industries achieve significant cost savings in virtualization and SAN deployments by optimizing utilization, performance and availability of IT resources. Leading system and storage vendors including IBM, HP, HDS, Dell and EMC leverage Virtual Instruments to design and optimize SAN solutions for enterprise customers. The company was founded in June 2008 via a spin-out from Finisar Corp.; it has headquarters in San Jose, Calif., and can be found online at

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